William Friedkin  

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William Friedkin (born August 29, 1935) is an American film and television director, producer and screenwriter closely identified with the "New Hollywood" movement of the 1970s. Beginning his career in documentaries in the early 1960s, he is perhaps best known for directing the action thriller film The French Connection (1971) and the supernatural horror film The Exorcist (1973), the former of which won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director. The latter also earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director.

His other films include the pioneering queer drama The Boys in the Band (1970), the suspense thriller Sorcerer (1977), the controversial crime film Cruising (1980), the action thriller To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), the psychological horror film Bug (2006), and the dark comedy Killer Joe (2011).

Filmography

Film

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1967 Good Times Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
1968 Template:Sortname Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
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1970 Template:Sortname Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
1971 Template:Sortname Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Academy Award for Best Director
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Direction
1973 Template:Sortname Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Empire Movie Masterpiece Award
Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated – Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement
1977 Sorcerer Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes
1978 Template:Sortname Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
1980 Cruising Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay
1983 Deal of the Century Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
1985 To Live and Die in L.A. Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Festival du Film Policier de Cognac Audience Award
1987 Rampage Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Direction
Nominated – Deauville Film Festival Critics Award
1990 Template:Sortname Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No
1994 Blue Chips Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
1995 Jade Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
2000 Rules of Engagement Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
2003 Template:Sortname Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
2006 Bug Template:Yes Template:No Template:No FIPRESCI Prize Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
Nominated – C.I.C.A.E. Award
2011 Killer Joe Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Venice Film Festival Golden Mouse Award
Nominated – Filmfest München Arri Award for Best International Film
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Director
Nominated – Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Award
2017 The Devil and Father Amorth Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Documentary
2018 Friedkin Uncut Template:No Template:No Template:No Documentary about William Friedkin

Television

Year Title Notes
1962 The People vs. Paul Crump Documentary
1965 The Bold Men
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Episode: "Off Season"
Mayhem on a Sunday Afternoon Documentary
1966 The Thin Blue Line
1985 The Twilight Zone Episode: "Nightcrawlers"
1986 C.A.T. Squad Television film; also executive producer
1988 C.A.T. Squad: Python Wolf
1992 Tales from the Crypt Episode: "On a Deadman's Chest"
1994 Jailbreakers Television film
1997 12 Angry Men
2007
2009
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Episodes:
"Cockroaches"
"Mascara"





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